Idaho Water Users Association, Inc. Honors Individuals at 2015 Annual Convention

Nine individuals were honored today [January 21, 2015] by Idaho’s largest water user group at its 78th Annual Convention in Boise.

Leonard Beck of Burley was inducted into the Idaho Water Users Association (IWUA) Hall of Fame at the awards ceremony. Beck was honored for his many years of service to irrigated agriculture around the state including 26 years of service on the Burley Irrigation District Board of Directors; for service on the Committee of 9 and participation in the crucial Fort Hall Indian Negotiations and the historic Nez Perce Agreement. Beck also served 12 years on the Idaho Water Resource Board, as chairman of the Idaho Water Rental Pool; and as Chairman of the Federal Instream Flow Coalition.

Monte Janicek of Meridian was presented the Ted Diehl Award for Meritorious Service. Janicek has been involved in Treasure Valley water and IWUA issues and served on the Board of Directors for the Nampa & Meridian Irrigation District.

Andy Bishop of Parma received the IWUA Water Quality Achievement Award for his work with the Riverside Irrigation District to improve water quality, conservation and delivery for control of TMDLs within the irrigation district.


Richard Lockyer, of Idaho Falls, and Brian Olmstead, Twin Falls, were presented IWUA Water Management Awards. Lockyer is a manager with the Idaho Irrigation District while Olmstead is Manager of the Twin Falls Canal Company.

Four people were name as Outstanding Employees during the ceremony. They were:

•  Trish Cooper, Homedale, with the Nampa & Meridian Irrigation District;
•  Kurt Brunmeier, Caldwell, with Pioneer Irrigation District;
•  Keith Wilson, Idaho Falls, with the Idaho Department of Water Resources and Rocky Mountain Environmental;
•  Rose Bradshaw, Murtaugh, with Milner Irrigation District.

“It is always an honor for IWUA to be able to recognize these outstanding individuals who serve the irrigation community around our state. It is their superb efforts and service that have helped give Idaho the most efficient and effective irrigated agricultural operation in the nation. They are special individuals who have demonstrated outstanding personal dedication and exemplary levels of service and performance,” noted Dan Darrington of Burley, IWUA President.

About the Idaho Water Users Association:

The Idaho Water Users Association (IWUA) is organized to promote, aid, and assist the development, control, conservation, preservation, and utilization of the water resources of the state of Idaho. IWUA consists of 300 irrigation districts and canal companies, agri-businesses, public water supply organizations, professional firms, and individuals from around the state that manage water supplies for more than 2 million acres of irrigated Idaho farmland, which represents an $8 billion industry.

Moffatt Thomas attorney, Norman M. Semanko is the Executive Director and General Counsel for the Idaho Water Users Association.  Firm partner, Scott L. Campbell has been a member of the Idaho Water Users Association’s Legislative Committee since 1987.

Norm can be reached in the offices of Moffatt Thomas at 208.345.2000.  More information about the firm can be found at